Estimated consumption of e-commerce tertiary paper packaging in the EU 2019-2025

This timeline depicts the estimated total consumption of tertiary paper packaging induced by the e-commerce demand from 2019 to 2025. Tertiary packaging is used for transport and delivery of goods. Therefore, figures do not include primary and secondary paper packaging, which is used to protect and store a single product unit.
The volume of e-commerce tertiary paper packaging is estimated to amount to about 2,593 thousand metric tons in 2019 and is forecasted to grow to 2,873 thousand metric tons in 2020. Forecasts for the following year indicate that 4,222 thousand metric tons of paper package material will be consumed in the e-commerce sector by 2025.

Estimated consumption of tertiary paper packaging induced by e-commerce in the EU from 2019 to 2025

Consumption in metric tons
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Release date

November 2019



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Supplementary notes

The estimate takes into account the number of parcels sent and the average weight of a parcel package.
The number of parcels sent is taken from pitney bowes parcel shipping index , extrapolating from data on ecommerce penetration in European countries and forecasted along the expectations for the e-commerce development.
The average weight of a parcel package is based on the 14 most important product groups of European e-commerce.

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